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National Portrait Gallery’s Asian Pacific American Portraiture (Artists & Sitters)

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Design +6 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This topical collection contains portraits and artwork that depict or were created by Asian Pacific Americans. Leslie Ureña, National Portrait Gallery Assistant Curator of Photographs, curated this group of resources from the National Portrait Gallery’s ever-expanding collections. A list of the museum’s collections on this topic is included as the second resource.  

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussion; for example, this collection may inspire students to conduct research about other Asian Pacific American artists and individuals. This collection is not comprehensive, but rather provides a launching point for further research and study. 

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.  

Keywords: portraiture, photograph, sculpture, article, primary source, painting, poster, letter

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Maya Ying Lin

National Portrait Gallery

NPG - APA Sitters and Artists (as of August 3, 2017)

Leslie J. Ureña, Assistant Curator of Photographs at NPG

Hong Kong

National Portrait Gallery

Hong Kong

National Portrait Gallery

Mexico City: The Population Curse

National Portrait Gallery

Berenice Abbott

National Portrait Gallery

Warren Beatty

National Portrait Gallery

Alumni, Art Student's League

National Portrait Gallery

Siamese Twins

National Portrait Gallery

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

National Portrait Gallery

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

National Portrait Gallery

Juju Chang

National Portrait Gallery

Min Cheuh Chang

National Portrait Gallery

Sarah Chang

National Portrait Gallery

Ben John Chen

National Portrait Gallery

Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

National Portrait Gallery

Chun Doo Hwan

National Portrait Gallery

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

National Portrait Gallery

Summit of the Americas 1994

National Portrait Gallery

Agnes de Mille

National Portrait Gallery

Helen Gahagan Douglas

National Portrait Gallery

Qi Shu Fang

National Portrait Gallery

Qi Shu Fang

National Portrait Gallery

Wong Chin Foo

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Lang Freer

National Portrait Gallery

Ram Gopal

National Portrait Gallery

Ram Gopal

National Portrait Gallery

The Beatles and Yoko Ono

National Portrait Gallery

Sadakichi Hartmann

National Portrait Gallery

Carl Sadakichi Hartmann

National Portrait Gallery

Carl Sadakichi Hartmann

National Portrait Gallery

Carl Sadakichi Hartmann

National Portrait Gallery

Sessue Hayakawa

National Portrait Gallery

James Wong Howe

National Portrait Gallery

Daniel Ken Inouye

National Portrait Gallery

Daniel Ken Inouye

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito in "The Wine Dance"

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito

National Portrait Gallery

Michio Ito

National Portrait Gallery

Bill T. Jones

National Portrait Gallery

Daniel Dae Kim

National Portrait Gallery

Maxine Hong Kingston

National Portrait Gallery

Fred T. Korematsu

National Portrait Gallery

Fred T. Korematsu

National Portrait Gallery

Ding Mei Kui

National Portrait Gallery

Ding Mei Kui

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Zum Brauhaus

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

National Portrait Gallery

Yayoi Kusama

National Portrait Gallery

Moon Kwan

National Portrait Gallery

The World of Suzie Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Jhumpa Lahiri

National Portrait Gallery

Jhumpa Lahiri

National Portrait Gallery

Bobby Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Bruce Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Chang-rae Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Tsung Dao Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Anor Lin

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Ying Lin

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Lin 1:5

National Portrait Gallery

C. T. Loo

National Portrait Gallery

Yo Yo Ma

National Portrait Gallery

William Masters and Virginia Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Norman Mineta

National Portrait Gallery

Norman Mineta

National Portrait Gallery

Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch

National Portrait Gallery

George Nakashima

National Portrait Gallery

George Nakashima

National Portrait Gallery

George Nakashima

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Isamu Noguchi

National Portrait Gallery

Yoichi Robert Okamoto

National Portrait Gallery

Yoshio Okawara

National Portrait Gallery

Julie Otsuka

National Portrait Gallery

Seiji Ozawa

National Portrait Gallery

Nam June Paik with Video Jungle

National Portrait Gallery

Nam June Paik

National Portrait Gallery

I.M. Pei

National Portrait Gallery

I. M. Pei

National Portrait Gallery

Manuel Luis Quezon

National Portrait Gallery

Ginger Rogers

National Portrait Gallery

Ravi Shankar

National Portrait Gallery

Phillip A. Sharp

National Portrait Gallery

Shimomura Crossing the Delaware

National Portrait Gallery

George Takei

National Portrait Gallery

Cheryl Tiegs

National Portrait Gallery

MW His self, Nov 30, 1972

National Portrait Gallery

Richard Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong in "On The Spot"

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Chien-Shiung Wu

National Portrait Gallery

Minoru Yamasaki

National Portrait Gallery

Chen Ning Yang

National Portrait Gallery

Jerry Yang

National Portrait Gallery

Jerry Yang

National Portrait Gallery

Minoru Yasui

National Portrait Gallery

Minoru Yasui

National Portrait Gallery